20 June 2010 Military News
- Twin Suicide Blasts Kill More Than Two Dozen in Baghdad VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Several car bombs went off in Baghdad Sunday morning, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens of others. The blasts follow a wave of violence in recent weeks.
- Gates Sees Progress in Afghanistan, Despite Challenges AFPS 20 Jun 2010 -- Though U.S. operations in Afghanistan are proving to be a “tough pull,” as was predicted, progress is being made nonetheless, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
- Gates: War in Afghanistan is a 'Tough Pull' VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the war in Afghanistan is a "tough pull" (a hard job) but that momentum is shifting toward the United States and its partners.
- Pakistani President vows to defeat militants IRNA 20 Jun 2010 -- Asif Ali Zardari told the visiting U.S special envoy that defeating the extremists on ground was one part of the battle and that complete success required that ‘we changed the militant mindset’ through creation and provision of opportunities to the people
Defense Policy / Programs
- Release of FM 3-28, Civil Support Operations Army News 20 Jun 2010 -- Field Manual 3-28 is published by the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate and provides keystone Army doctrine for civil support operations.
- San Diego-Based Ships Depart for Rim of the Pacific 2010 Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2010 -- Ships based at Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island began deploying June 15 to the waters off Hawaii for the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise June 23 through Aug. 1.
- Peruvian Navy in Kings Bay Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2010 -- As part of the Navy's Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative training program, Peruvian submarine BAP Angamos is conducting a port visit at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
- USS Tennessee Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2010 -- The crew of USS Tennessee conducted a change of command during a a ceremony June 18 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.
- NAVFAC Washington Begins Construction on Laboratory Complex Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington broke ground on the Advanced Energetics Research Facility Laboratory Complex.
- Kyrgyz Troops Dismantle Osh Barricades; State of Emergency Raises Referendum Doubts RFE/RL 20 Jun 2010 -- Troops and local residents in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh have began dismantling barricades erected by ethnic Uzbeks after bloody clashes earlier this month that, according to interim leader Roza Otunbaeva, could have left as many as 2,000 people dead.
- Correspondent Describes Fear Among Ethnic Uzbeks: 'They’re Sure The Military Is Against Them' RFE/RL 20 Jun 2010 -- The southern Kyrgyz city of Osh has been shaken by violence between its ethnic Uzbek and Kyrgyz inhabitants, with hundreds reported killed. RFE/RL correspondent Bruce Pannier, who is in Osh, describes efforts to restore a sense of calm, accusations by Osh's mayor that ethnic Uzbeks are holding Kyrgyz captive and harboring Islamic militants, and the worsening humanitarian situation on the ground.
- Russia, U.S. consider referendum in Kyrgyzstan to be important stabilization factor RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the forthcoming referendum on a new constitution in the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan will be important for stabilization of a situation in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry said.
- Israel to Ease Land Blockade on Gaza VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Under international pressure, Israel is easing its crippling land blockade on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
- Turkish PM Vows to Fight Kurdish Rebels VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attended a funeral in the eastern city of Van for some of the Turkish soldiers killed in Saturday's clashes with Kurdistan Worker's Party militants.
- Analyst: South Sudan Violence Could Undermine 2011 Referendum VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- An analyst at the International Crisis Group (ICG) told VOA the government of the semi-autonomous southern Sudan is concerned violent activities of an armed splinter group could undermine the upcoming referendum scheduled for January 2011.
- Ahmadinejad: Iran emerging as new global power IRNA 20 Jun 2010 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is now emerging as a new power which has left vital impacts on global developments.
- Iran downgrades UN sanctions IRNA 20 Jun 2010 -- Iran on Sunday downgraded the U.N. sanctions over the national nuclear program after it challenged the Security Council resolution 1929 as illegal.
- Iran Hangs Militant Insurgent Leader VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Iran has executed the leader of the Sunni Muslim militant group Jundallah. Abdolmalek Rigi had been convicted of carrying out attacks against both civilians and the military in southeastern Iran.
- DPRK-related Letter and Answer Distributed as UNSC Official Document KCNA 20 Jun 2010 -- Letter addressed to the president of the UN Security Council as regards the situation prevailing on Korean Peninsula.
- History Society Accuses US of Provoking War Aggression KCNA 20 Jun 2010 -- Statement condemning the US imperialists for dividing Korea under the cloak of the United Nations.
- Memorial Tower Visited by Endless Stream of People KCNA 20 Jun 2010 -- The Party Founding Memorial Tower visited by daily average of at least 1,000 people.
- SYRIA: Number of Iraqi refugees revised downwards IRIN 20 Jun 2010 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has revised downwards the number of Iraqi refugees it has registered in Syria.
- IRAQ: Forced repatriation puts minorities at risk IRIN 20 Jun 2010 -- Refugee officials and rights groups have urged a number of European countries not to forcibly repatriate Iraqi asylum seekers, particularly members of minority communities, because of prevailing insecurity in the country.
- Poland Electing Successor To President Killed In Russia Plane Crash RFE/RL 20 Jun 2010 -- Poles today are voting to choose a successor to President Lech Kaczynski, whose death in a plane crash in western Russia two months ago along with 95 other people -- including much of Poland's political and military elite -- shocked the world.
- Poles Vote in Early Presidential Elections VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Poland is holding its first round of presidential elections Sunday, to choose a new head of state after the country's former President, Lech Kaczynski, was killed in a plane crash in April.
- Former Defense Minister Wins Colombian Presidential Runoff VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Juan Manuel Santos has won an overwhelming victory in Colombia's runoff presidential election, making him the successor to two-term President Alvaro Uribe.
- Colombians Vote in Presidential Runoff VOA 20 Jun 2010 -- Colombians are voting Sunday in a runoff presidential election that pits former defense minister Juan Manuel Santos against former Bogota mayor Antanas Mockus.
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